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After 34 years – First nuclear reactor approved to be built in the U.S.

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Southern Company takes the job! Units 3 and 4 were approved from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and two brand new nuclear reactors have been planned for 2017 completion. Those reactors are going to be built next to 2 others that already exist from the 70′s at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle.

The approval has been dubbed “the strongest signal yet” that the thirty-year hiatus on nuclear plant construction may finally be coming to an end. Could this be the beginning of a renaissance in nuclear energy production?

Constructor ‘spectrum

Southern Co. will build the reactors at its Vogtle site in Georgia, where two older reactors already operate. Scott Peterson, vice president of the industry’s Nuclear Energy Institute, says it’s not a “nuclear renaissance,” but instead a “first wave” for new reactors.

“It’s obviously a critical event for the industry in terms of moving forward with the next generation of reactor technology,” he says.

Design

The new reactors would be the first of a standardized design: instead of each one being unique, they’ll all be nearly identical.

The new reactor designs are the first to incorporate passive safety features (i.e. features that require little-to-no human intervention, and do not depend on electricity to operate). Many of these features have been implemented in direct response to “lessons learned” from Fukushima, like water that is automatically released to cool the reactor core in the event of a meltdown.

Southern Company’s Presentation on Plant Vogtle 2017

Southern Company currently is exploring various opportunities to build new nuclear-powered electric generating plants to serve our customers’ energy needs for the future. Southern Company’s actions are part of our long-range generation-planning process that seeks to identify the most cost-effective, reliable and environmentally responsible fuel sources to meet growing electricity demand in the areas we serve. Nuclear power is a proven technology that is a viable generating source

Increased demand for energy is driving the need for new baseload capacity. The population of the southeastern United States continues to expand rapidly, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 40 percent of the U.S. population will live in the Southeast by 2030. The state of Georgia alone is expected to grow by 4 million people by 2030. During the next 15 years, electrical demand on the Georgia Power system is projected to grow 30 percent. As energy needs grow in the Southeast, Southern Company intends to be on the forefront of exploring nuclear energy as an option for meeting rising electricity demand. The process to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle is well underway,
with plans to begin commercial operation of Unit 3 in 2016 and Unit 4 in 2017.Nuclear power is a safe, reliable, cost-effective power source that has a low impact on the environment. It is a prudent business decision to use nuclear energy as a means to meet our customers’ needs generating source.

          NO IDEA ON THE NATURAL GAS VS NUCLEAR ENERGY FIGHTS..

    hope someone at the end is Satisfied as much as a Satisfied Frog

Further Knowledge\Sources:

Plant Vogtle, Southern Nuclear(+)

npr News(+)

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Sustainability // Lord Tesla

it has been ages since Nicolas Tesla showed to the world some pretty hardcore shit with his experimentations on electricity production through his Tesla coils…


*Tesla old school playa*

Well,

in 2012 the game will be stepping up to

the next level…

—-definetely keep an eye on :

LOD-respek-

they have been up and running in the field of tesla coils and electricity for about 20 years now. amongst numerous projects some that we find remarkable

-a 1/12 scale prototype perfectly working, producing incredible amounts of energy

-Wireless power (OH YEAH BBITCHEZZ)

-a 110,000 volt Plasma gun *no mercy*

and much more cool shit…

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greab some knowledge while you can..

c you soon…sooner than soon

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Sunday Bluff// Model Deconstruction

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just raising our equity by range merging the off-hand stats from our leader position with this post about destroying models…smashing things is super awesome.!!

the DeathFromAbove

the JustPlayin’Stoopid

the ItHitTheFan

the PrankCall

the DramaticOne

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Dezeen // This is getting F*CKING Annoying ! !

Once a world reputated architecture guru had told us: “Guys, do you know Dezeen?(.)You should set it as your home page.!

THIS IS GETTING FUCKIN ANNOYING! Dezeen and architecture have nothing to do one with the other!..unless the latter is celebrating an ultra-mince dimension. Haha…i forgot..too complicated for you stoopid weaklings.! So, if its bigger than my niece’s barbie doll house, or Rem’s (my pet hamster) cage, it will never hit Dezeen Home page.(+)<=== This small cross represents a direct gateway to Dezeens cyborgian portal*

THIS IS GETTING FUCKIN ANNOYING! We found the courage to scroll through 6 whole pages of Dezeen’s minimalistic mafia crap, and 92% of the so-called architecture posts could not even accommodate little Rem’s wheel. I’ve never seen so many “small” projects in one site.! The rest 8% include OMA’s, Zaha’s, BIG’s projects, who are propably sponsoring the site.so they get more square meters published.!

THIS IS GETTING FUCKIN ANNOYING! It’s not that we have a problem with you, but when architecture students get into your site to find stimulation, i get fucking sad…


Extract from this project’s description: “Concept: In a highly built-up area, closed in on all sides, this house offers both privacy and light.”

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WoW…Such an inspiring and edgy journalism work you are doing guys.!

Let’s check together the scales being handled by Dezeen.

But because you fell in our trap and can not realize the real scale surfing taking place!

Lets make things a bit more easy for you.







all of these humongous projects have all been published in the last ten days.

NOTE1 As FG we believe Dezeen should quit tagging its post under “architecture”

NOTE2 if you want to find some inspiring tags for your posts, dear dezeen staff, you are allowed to use some of our own custom made tags from the tag-cloud(“bitch please” and “threesome” seem to be quite the hit.!)

Pig City//by MRDV

I suppose most of you are familiar with the work of MRDV; refreshing our memory with some of their great projects is always a good way to appreciate or feel sad about up-to date proposals for similar problems. *dont miss the video at the end of the post!

“In 2000, pork was the most consumed form of meat at 80 billion kg per year. Recent animal diseases such as Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth disease are raising serious questions about pork production and consumption. It is evident that the current pork industry cannot proceed in the same way without causing many casualties.

Two opposing reactions can be imagined. Either we change our consumption pattern and become instant vegetarians or we change the production methods and demand biological farming. 
Let us assume that we remain pork-eaters. Do we then have enough space for biological pig farming?

With a production of 16,5 million tons of pork, The Netherlands is the chief exporter of pork within the European Union.  In 1999, 15.2 million pigs and 15.5 million humans officially inhabited The Netherlands. One pig needs an area of 664 m2, including current food processing: composed of 50% intensive grain production and 50% industrial by-products.

In the case of organic farming, pigs would be fed with 100% grain, leading to a required 130% more field surface due to the reduced grain production. This would cause a demand of 1726 m2 per pig, including the organic food processing. This would mean that there would be only 774 m2 per person left for other activities. In other words, 75 % of the Netherlands would be dedicated to pigs.
Can we combine organic farming with a further concentration of the production-activities so that there will be enough space for other activities? Is it possible to compact all the pig production within concentrated farms, therefore avoiding unnecessary transportation and distribution, and thereby reducing the spread of diseases? Can we through concentrated farming, create the economical critical mass to allow for a communal slaughterhouse, a self-sufficient fertiliser recycler and a central food core, so as to solve the various problems found in the pig-industry?”

 

 

Raumlabor//Big Crunch

The last 3-4 weeks; since I saw them lecturing in Paris, I have been a great follower and fan of Raumlabor‘s work. I have previously blogged about them (+), however the “big crunch” project is so inspiring for me; in so many ways, that could not resist posting it here//short,quick and visual for a sunday afternoon.enjoyyy

“….the core of the Big Crunch consists of a tubular metal frame that has been wrapped in strips of wood lattice. Various debris are hung from this foundation, and the center of the mound features a small room with openings at both ends. The materials are layered to create a sense of direction and movement that flows from the entrance to the direction of the theater.

Taking discarded items from civilization and combining them in a frenetic mound is a provocative statement — Raumlaborberlin sees it as “a gathering place and forum for conflict and discussions.” Like the eye of a storm, the frenzied chaos is haunting. The structure seems to have been assembled by another force – one that has left behind a trail of debris composed of items that society no longer deems valuable. Whether visitors are amused by the work or other emotions arise, we hope they are up-to-date on their tetanus shots.”

Raumlabor//House of Contamination

Conceived as a place that is both real and ideal, the House of Contamination is an experimental museum designed to host Artissima’s curatorial programme Poetry in the Form of a Rose. Located inside the vast area of the Oval Linghotto, the large temporary structure hosts a number of spaces for each of the art disciplines investigated: dance, cinema, literature, design, urbanism and education. A ‘project within a project’, the House of Contamination is conceived as a model, a prototype of a contemporary cultural center.

One of the main references for the House of Contamination is Cedric Price’s “Fun Palace“, a future-embracing design for a cultural centre that is multifunctional, highly technological, and adaptable to multiple needs. The expectations towards technology have changed since then. Today’s keyword is peak oil, standing for a range of bleak scenarios of radical change in the political and economic world that are starting to contaminate the cycles of production and consumption. The House of Contamination is an update on the 20th century cultural center.

Walls are made out of trash material, interecepted in their route through the recycling process: crushed plastic bottles, compressed bales of advertising and packaging paper, leftover fabrics from the manufacturing process, and discarded wood from doors and discarded panels.

The furniture is designed and produced from old fridges, washing machines, doors, dressers, bookshelves and chairs best for the dump. A garage is fitted with an enormous fan to distribute wind through the art fair space; its form is covered in used clothing, recuperated from the leftover materials of an exhibition by Christian Boltanksi, 1:1 recycled art. Most architectural elements of the space are fixed and solid, but the design incorporates a sliding wall, referencing high-tech philosophies of an adaptable architecture. The wall can slide taking away the cinema screen and take the eye to the theatre stage, or to seal the literary salon or invade the corridor.

Two other elements, the skywalk and the tall curtain corridor, represent the most radical dichotomies of design. The skywalk talks about a powerful view. It is the space of control and observation. As an alternate walkway to the entire space, its use is totally at the disposition of the individual user. An uncomfortable atmosphere of power, authority and hierarchy comes into play. On the other hand, while using the walkway to gain the raised viewpoint, it’s users become part of the visual focus of the installation inside the fair hall. They become subjectsof control and objects of view at the same time. The opposite is the case in the curtain corridor, a long corridor that cuts the space in half, invaded by residues of silver-plated paper, while its fabric walls are moved by cross winds. This central piece of the installation is the magic mixer, the prominent but unexpected space of indeterminacy. Its surface is created in a way that the users can diffuse through it’s surface at any point and at their will.

The interior programmes of the House of Contamination permeate each other, by acoustic and visual interference and / or pollution, depending on interpretation. An extra layer of permeation exists in the relationship between the House of Contamination with the space of the art fair, with emissions between both creating a prominent sense of interdependency. In between the programmed spaces, the design incorporates spaces with uncertain use, spaces that are more a question than an answer to any kind of need or desire.

Visible in the design and use of the House of Contamination are the potentials of the collective space, the unclaimed and unintended. When materials, people and programs collide, interesting moments of ambiguity and tension lead to negotiations over needs, desires and purposes, and hopefully allow new forms of collaboration to develop. We consider this negotiation process an essential part of the production public space. New forms of collaboration spark the hope for a different and better world, for a human overcoming of the endzeit scenarios.

Again the future is uncertain. Let’s contaminate radical individualism. Collecivity is not a choice, but a necessity.

raumlaborberlin House of Contamination team:

Markus Bader, Jan Liesegang with Jia Gu, Nick Green, Joakim Nyström, Christian Göthner, Marie Turgetto and Manfred Eccli.

Artissima 17 team:
Director Francesco Manacorda with Francesca Bertolotti, Laura Vincenti, Afrodite Oikonomidou and Nicoletta Esposito

Main sponsor Artissima 17:
Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino

Technical sponsors Artissima 17:
AMIAT (Torino) with Benassi Ambiente (Guarene), CMT (La Loggia), DEMAP (Beinasco) and Progetto Lana (Vaiano)

Special thanks to:
Teatrico, Torino

credits/raumlabor (+)

 

Inspiration//10 TED talks on architecture

1. Cameron Sinclair: TED Prize wish: Open-source architecture to house the world

Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.

2. Carlo Ratti: Architecture that senses and responds

With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.

3. Rogier van der Heide: Why light needs darkness

Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world — by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us.

4. Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years’ big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead “big box” stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

5. James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia

In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

6. Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

7. David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

8. Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

9. Mitchell Joachim: Don’t build your home, grow it!

TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat.

10. Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

credits//archi-ninja (+)